Many consider it to be the turning point of West Virginia football, as third-year head coach Don Nehlen took his Mountaineers to Oklahoma for the 1982 season opener. The Sooners were a national powerhouse who four years prior had blasted WVU, 52-10.
After falling behind 14-0, West Virginia rallied, eventually leading 20-14 at halftime. But the Sooners battled back, and the teams went into the fourth quarter tied at 27.
But WVU was up to the task, responding with staunch defense and the offense, led by Penn State transfer quarterback Jeff Hostetler, came through with a touchdown pass to Wayne Brown before Curlin Beck’s 43-yard touchdown dash on a sprint draw sealed the upset victory.